Home for the Holidays: Social Distancing Edition!

By: Jada Linton, RDN, LD

This year has definitely been one for the books. As we get closer to the holidays, please make sure you take careful precautions. Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this holiday season.

Use this quick check list to help direct your gathering plans for the holidays!  

• Check the Covid-19 infection rates in areas where attendees of the dinner live.
• Limit the number of attendees.
• Host the gathering outdoors, if possible.
• Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors, or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation. More information on increasing ventilation in your home can be found here.
• Make sure people are sitting 6 feet away, even outdoors.
• Wear a mask at all times, except when eating and drinking.
• Avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors.
• Avoid potluck-style gatherings.
• Have one person who is wearing a mask serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
• Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items.


Make visiting with family in a virtual way fun! Try new holiday activities. Hosting a virtual family get together can be a great way to visit with family members who do not live with you. Schedule a virtual zoom meet-up and you can even eat dinner “together.” Try a recipe swap and learn how to make something new this holiday season. Here are some delicious recipes

In our house we always love to watch the holiday parades, and this is something you can do from the comfort of your home! Watch television and play games with people in your household.If you are cooking for the holiday this year, try curbside pickup, or any other contactless ordering service. Even though the pandemic has shifted the way we usually do things, we can still connect with family members in a different way this year!




Celebrating Thanksgiving. (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

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